Luke 22:31 is a startling verse to me. It reminds me of when satan challenged God regarding Job. It says, “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat.”
Jesus knew exactly what Peter would say next, and the full details of his upcoming trial by fire. What Peter didn’t know was that his pride was about to fall flat.
Our trials are like a sieve that separates the chaff from the wheat. Amos 9:9 was written about Israel, but we can apply it to our lives. It says, “For surely I will command, and will sift the house of Israel among all nations, as grain is sifted in a sieve; yet not the smallest grain shall fall to the ground.”
Faith is portrayed as a mustard seed in Luke 13:18-19. I have whole grain mustard seeds. I got one out to see if I could find a comparison for you. It fits perfectly into an ‘o’ like in you.
Yet verse 19 says that it can grow to be like a large tree that the birds nest in. Even though we go through sieve-type trials, only our pride-chaff will fall to the ground. Our grain of faith loses its covering of chaff so it can bear fruit for His glory.
1 Peter 4:1 says, “Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin.”
I learned about this verse after I fell into a 6’ ravine in 1977. A friend gave me this verse as encouragement. Wow. The trial I was in had removed so many superfluous activities.
I had intentionally kept myself too busy so I didn’t have time to face unresolved issues. Why? My pride wouldn’t allow me to honestly assess my heart. Our pride-chaff blocks the humility it takes to say ‘I have sinned’ to the Lord. Even though He knows our heart, He wants us to acknowledge what He knows.